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Interesting Snow Facts

Interesting Snow Facts

What (U.S.) city gets the most snow?
Based on National Weather Service and excluding cities in Alaska the list looks like this:

MT. WASHINGTON, NH (not really a city) with 260 inches
MARQUETTE, MI              141
SYRACUSE, NY                115
CARIBOU, ME                  111
LANDER, WY                   100

Biggest storm:
Almost 187 inches of snow fell in seven days on Thompson Pass, Alaska, in February, 1953, according to the National Snowfall and Snow Depth Extremes Table provided by the National Climatic Data Center.

How many snowstorms in a year?

Each year, an average of 105 snow-producing storms affect the continental United States. A typical storm will have a snow-producing lifetime of two to five days and will bring snow to portions of several states.

What kind of snow is there?
In the early 1900s, skiers created their own terminology to describe types of snow, including the terms “fluffy snow,” “powder snow,” and “sticky snow.” Later, the terminology expanded to include descriptive terms such as “champagne powder,” “corduroy,” and “mashed potatoes.”

Has it snowed everywhere?
Practically every location in the United States has seen snowfall. Even most portions of southern Florida have seen a few snow flurries.

How does snow affect water supplies?
In the western United States, mountain snow pack contributes up to 75 percent of all year-round surface water supplies.

What is the water content of snow?
The commonly used ten-to-one ratio of snowfall to water content is a myth for much of the United States. This ratio varies from as low as 100-to-one to as high as about three-to-one depending on the meteorological conditions associated with the snowfall.

Average snowfall amount.
Nationwide, the average snowfall amount per day when snow falls is about two inches, but in some mountain areas of the West, an average of seven inches per snow day is observed.

***Information from National Snow and Ice Data Center.

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